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RAF Cranwell 1942 - 1944

Long Serving Entry Rep. Sadly Arthur "Lucky" Luck died of cancer on 24 October 2002

 Current Entry Rep:   Ken Anthony

CRANWELL

We were at Cranwell from August 1942 to September 1944.

Due to wartime demands, our training period had been reduced from 3 to 2 years.

Our original Entry was 75 strong.

On 1st January 1943 No.1 Signals School was renamed No.1 Radio School.

In August 1942,  75 young hopefuls arrived at RAF Cranwell as the 4M9 (45th) Entry to train as Wireless Operator Mechanics.   During their training they gained 6 from Senior Entries,  8 ceased training, while 11 of their number were re-classed to later Entries, leaving 62 to pass out in September 1944.


  

The Entry List below is presented in alphabetical order:

NUMBER

SURNAME

INITS

KNOWN AS

REMARKS

578935

Anthony

K

Ken

Lapsed Association Member

578973

Arabin-Williams

C G

Cyril

Lapsed Association Member

579011

Atkins

A R

Alan, AKA "Tommy"

Association Member

579067

Bailey

E J F

John, AKA "Titch"

Deceased Lapsed Association Member (25th Feb 2007)

578941

Bailey

K C

Slim

Deceased 31st Jul 1986

579026

Barry

J

Blondie, AKA "John"

 

579168

Beale

S W

Stan

 

579138

Bishop

D R M

Derek

FT'd to 46th Entry.   Deceased 5th Jan 2000

578985

Blackhall

I R

Ian, AKA "Blackie"

FT'd to 46th Entry.   Association Member

579141

Bolland

N

Norman, AKA "Bol"

Deceased 10th Jan 2006

578956

Bower

J B

John

 

578862

Boyd

T L

 

Joined with 44th Entry

579151

Brown

G

 

Discharged

579167

Bryant

A R

Roy, AKA "Bry"

Deceased 31st Mar 2001

579066

Bunning

F W

Fred

 

579055

Butcher

L C

Les, AKA "Butch"

Lapsed Association Member

578830

Cash

L B

Les

Joined with 44th Entry

579089

Clifton

B J

 

Discharged.   Deceased date N/K

578936

Comer

L E

Les

Discharged.   Deceased 17th Jul 1997

579085

Corby

R P

Raymond, AKA "Mush"

 

579111

Dandy

G T

George, AKA "Dude"

Deceased Lapsed Association Member (15th Apr 2002)

578961

Davies

E A

 

Discharged

579014

Dinnage

K W A

Spinner

Deceased 1983/84

579010

East

J C

John

 

579004

Fagen

D R

 

Discharged

579150

Farrington

F G

Freddy

 

579064

Fitchett

M J

Maurice

Association Member

578964

Fowler

J

John, AKA "Chic"

Deceased Association Member (14th Oct 2003)

579104

Frankish

J W

Frank

Deceased Association Member (Jan 1993)

579109

French

P V R

Pete

FT'd to 46th Entry.  Deceased 5th Nov 1948

579027

Fyles

L A

Les

Deceased Association Member (8th Dec 2000)

578861

Grimson

E J F

 

Joined with 44th Entry

579146

Guilor

A

Alan

FT'd to 46th Entry

579082

Hall

N R

Neville

FT'd to 46th Entry.  Deceased 3rd Jul 1994

579120

Harris

R G

Bob

Deceased Association Member (15th Mar 2003)

579090

Hatcher

R F

Roger

Association Member

578586

Hewitt

J D

 

Joined with 43rd Entry

578937

Hewitt

M R S

Mike

Deceased 27th Jul 1946

578997

Holland

P J

Dutch

 

579035

Huskins

K J

Ken

Not Traced.  Nuneaton area.

579105

Isham

D C

Doug

Deceased Lapsed Association Member, (4 Nov 2007).

578918

Jackson

P G

Jacko

Deceased March 2002

578875

James

G L

Gerard, AKA "Gerry, Jimmy"

Joined with 44th Entry.   Deceased 5th Mar 2003

578917

Jays

K A

Ken, AKA "Toby"

Deceased Association Member (10th Nov 2003)

 579022

Jenkins

F V B

Vic

Deceased Association Member 22nd Mar 2001)

579048

John

J K

Taff

FT'd to 46th Entry.   Deceased 19th May 1946

579054

Johnson

O N

Oliver

 

578928

Kent

J G

Godfrey

Deceased Association Member (2nd Mar 1996)

579121

Kington

J A

John, AKA "Konk"

FT'd to 46th Entry.   Deceased Association Member  (5th Mar 1996)

578782

Knight

C T W

 

Joined with 44th Entry

579028

Larder

C W

Bill

Association Member

579059

Leese

J A

Andy

Deceased Lapsed Association Member (May 2006)

578942

Luck

A W

Lucky

Deceased Association Member (24th Oct 2002)

578938

Mathews

I M

Matt, AKA "Ivan"

Association Member

579144

Mawson

T W

Tommy

Deceased 9th Jul 1953

 579047

Maxwell

P H

Max, AKA "Maxie, Ginger"

Deceased 30th Jan 2000

579075

McMillan

D R

Sambo

FT'd to 46th Entry.   Not traced.   London SE2.   Deceased date N/K

579025

McQueen

P

Paul, AKA "Mac"

Association Member

579001

Menear

G H

Geoff, AKA "Min"

Association Member

579016

Mills

J

Johnny

Deceased Association Member (16th Dec 2003)

578927

Neale

C H

Chris

Discharged

579003

Newby

J W

John, AKA "Buff"

Deceased mid 1980's

579119

Newman

K L O

Kenneth, AKA "Jankers"

Discharged

578947

Norman

D J

Doug

Deceased 7th Feb 1992

579159

Page

R A

Ron

Association Member

579158

Palmer

G W R

Roy

 

578931

Peck

W G

Bill, AKA "Joe"

FT'd to 46th Entry.  Association Member

579140

Peel

R

Ron

Deceased Association Member (29th Dec 1993)

579063

Radford

R V

Ron

FT'd to 46th Entry.  Association Member

579132

Rowland

A R

Rolly, AKA "Dusty"

Not traced.   East Barnet

578932

Schmuhl

R C

Bob

Discharged.   Lapsed Association Member

578924

Shilton

R

Rex

Association Member

579125

Simms

T A

Tom

Deceased Association Member (5th Dec 1994)

579147

Simpson

T

Tom

 

579042

Smith

D E

Don, AKA "Doe"

FT'd to 46th Entry.   Not Traced.  Dunblane

579165

Stapleton

L A

Len

Association Member

579160

Statham

G A

Alan

FT'd to 46th Entry.  Association Member

579157

Talboys

N E

Norman, AKA "Shake"

 

579134

Turner

E G

Eric, AKA "Joe Junior"

FT'd to 46th Entry.  Association Member 

579072

Walters

H G

Harold

 

578958

Wood

F

Woody, AKA "Freddy"

Deceased 11th Sep 1953

  


 

ACHIEVEMENTS

At the age of 20, John Frankish was parachuted into central Java with a team of 8, to take over after the Japanese surrender, but in advance of the arrival of the British Army. He was decorated with the Military Medal by Field Marshall Slim.

Military Medal

579104 Corporal John William FRANKISH. Royal Air Force.

Corporal Frankish took over the duties of Rawpi Liaison Officer at Djocjakarta, the main centre of the Indonesian extremist movement on 30th September 1945. He commanded the airfield and maintained the communication flight of light aircraft. Corporal Frankish also negotiated with the Chief of Police and the Sultan of Djocjakarta, securing the release of a large number of Japanese airport personnel who had been disarmed and thrown into prison by the Indonesians. When the airfield was attacked he remained at his post, organising the flight therefrom of serviceable aircraft. During the fighting at Mageland Corporal Frankish operated a wireless set for 70 hours. Throughout the long and dangerous period Corporal Frankish performed his duties often under fire, displaying outstanding courage, initiative and strength of character.

 Ken Newman

Ken was with us for 1 years of our training, but then remustered to MT driver.
In later life he became Sir Kenneth Newman.

1942   RAF
1946   Palestine Police
1948   London Metropolitan Police
1972   Commander, New Scotland Yard
1973   Royal Ulster Constabulary
1978   Knighted
1980   Commander, Police Staff College
1982   Queen's Police Medal (QPM)
1983   Freeman of the City of London
1987   Knight of the Grand Cross of the British Empire (GBE)
1987   Numerous policing and security committees

 


 

RECENT YEARS

 

Several reunions have all been held at The Manor House Hotel, Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.

  • 1994   35 members attended the reunion on 23rd April.
  • 1996   26 members and 8 of their ladies attended the reunion on 20th April.
  • 1997   26 members and 11 ladies attended the reunion on 4th October.
  • 1998   24 members plus 1 5M3 and 10 ladies attended the reunion on 25th September.
  • 1999   28 members plus 1 5M3 and 15 ladies attended the reunion on 24th September.
  • 2000   24 members plus 1 5M3 and 10 ladies attended the reunion on 22nd September.
  • 2001   29 members plus 1 5M3 and 11 ladies attended the reunion on 21st September.
  • 2002   18th August at Manor House, Leamington Spa to celebrate 60 years, to the day, since we all arrived at RAF Halton to join as Aircraft Apprentices.
  • 2002 21st September the usual stalwarts were at Warwick University for the CAA AGM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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